Beer, Wine & Spirits in Buffalo

Ice Wine Taste & Learn Experience for Two or Four at The Ice House Winery (Up to 53% Off)

The Ice House Winery

Niagara on the Lake

C$20 C$10

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Tasting and lesson on ice wines, wines made from grapes that are harvested and pressed while still frozen

Four-Hour Microbrewery and Winery Tour for One, Two, or Four from Niagara Fun Tours (Up to 63% Off)

Niagara Fun Tours

Casino Niagara

$87 $39

Tour buses shuttle guests to three nearby microbreweries and two wineries for trivia and tastings, with a stop for lunch in the middle

Wine and Food Tasting for Two or Four at Spring Lake Winery (50% Off)

Spring Lake Winery

Lockport

$20 $10

Enjoy a selection of delicious award-winning wine paired with food such as mozzarella pesto and meatball bruschetta

C$79 for a Premium Winemaking Experience at Sheppard Wine Works (C$159 Value)

Sheppard Wine Works

Willowdale

C$159 C$79

Select a wine to make, from chardonnay to sangria, before staffers ferment & help bottle up to 23 litres of wine to receive 4–6 weeks later

Two Hours of Bartending Services or a Two-Hour Cocktail Show from Canadian Bar Company (Up to 61% Off)

Canadian Bar Company

Forest Hill south

C$60 C$28

Professional bartenders set up full bars and mix cocktails for parties and cocktail workshops that teach guests how to make their own drinks

C$65 for a Fruit-Wine-Winemaking Experience at Haus Of Vine (C$115 Value)

Haus Of Vine

Toronto

C$115 C$65

Make your own fruit wine and after the fermentation process, take home 23 litres of Rockin' Raspberry Rose or Peach Perfection

Two-Hour Winemaking Class for Two with 2.5- or 5-Gallon Kit and Pizza at Lake Ontario Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Lake Ontario Winery

Multiple Locations

$154 $75

Visitors learn to make wine and get a kit to take home; the class also includes wine tasting and gourmet pizza

Tour Package with Tasting, Glass, and Store Credit for Two or Four at Black Button Distilling (Up to 52% Off)

Black Button Distilling

Rochester

$30 $15

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Distillers make by hand 900 bottles of gin, vodka, moonshine, and bourbon each week at the first distillery in the city since Prohibition

Two Beer Flights at Lavery Brewing Company (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Lavery Brewing Company

Erie

$26 $13

Sample year-round and seasonal beers brewed in small batches, including IPAs, an imperial red ale, and a black saison

Tour and Tasting with Glass and Truffles for Two or Four at Holland Marsh Wineries (Up to 68% Off)

Holland Marsh Wineries

Newmarket

C$45 C$18

Family vineyard creates eastern European-style wines from all-natural grapes, surrounded by lush landscapes

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Recently featured in Buffalo Rising, The Wine Thief navigates a laser-beam-guarded landscape to offer fine wine and a menu of inventive new American fare to Buffalo residents. The wine list boasts various vinos by the bottle or glass, eschewing fermented juice boxes in favor of more reliable receptacles. Worldly whites, such as the 1734 Vouvray ’06 (Loire, France), compete for imbibers’ taste buds against alternative reds, known for their early 1990s grungewear and soft-loud musical dynamics. The Wine Thief is also home to a Cuvee wine storage system, which keeps open wines fresh for up to two weeks, allowing a total of 36 by-the-glass wines to be ready at any one time.

431 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo,
NY
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31 Club opened in the 1940s as Buffalo?s exclusive supper club, making it a destination for Buffalo's socialites to see and be seen. Catering to diners with sophisticated palettes and profiles, 31 Club's name was derived from its address, 31 Johnson Park. The restaurant celebrated more than four decades of success, but in 1983 the last glass was toasted and its doors closed. The community looked on as the building's brick facade began to crumble, while ideas circled to restore the building to its original splendor. Years later, the space was finally reopened.

Today's 31 Club is a modern version of the storied restaurant, maintaining the class, style, and sophistication of the original 1940s destination, while adding a contemporary flair to cater to today's diner. The menu is a perfect crystallization of this mission?not only are there reimagined versions of timeless dishes, including pork chops with grilled peach chutney, there's late-night fare such as lobster mac 'n' cheese and strip-steak sandwiches. In that spirit, the wine list includes Old World and New World varietals.

31 N Johnson Prk.
Buffalo,
NY
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Sunlight floods through rustic stained-glass windows onto the hardwood bar and tabletops of The Oakk Room's historic dining room, which was originally an automobile shop before it was converted to a pub in the late 1980s. Surrounded by walls laden with taxidermy pieces and an antique wooden horse trained to stand completely still, servers bring forth plates of jerk chicken and freshly baked cornbread, and bartenders shake up a menu of 17 different specialty cocktails. The restaurant slakes thirst on Wednesday with $4 martini specials and throws weekly Friday fish-frying events.

1435 Main St
Buffalo,
NY
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The staff at Chateau Buffalo strives to support local farmers, and they do so by using locally produced grapes in their red and white wines. They also produce craft ciders that come sparkling, cold, or warm. Those unsure of what they'd like to drink will find the Chateau's tastings, like a hair tie made of Twizzlers, are both tasty and helpful.

1209 Hertel Ave
Buffalo,
NY
US

Mayer Bros. Cider Mill founder Jacob Mayer first squeezed juice from apples in 1852. Local farmers brought baskets of their apples to his mill, and he sent them on their way with jars of cider. Jacob passed his mill on to his son, John, who started brewing hard cider in 1936 by fermenting the fruits of apple trees that he watered with whiskey. Today, Jacob’s fourth-generation heir—also named John—carries on his forebears’ tradition in the same rustic building, painted in the dusky crimson hue of a Red Delicious apple.

Many autumns have passed since that barn was raised, but each year is more or less the same: a stream of visitors flocks to the mill for apple fritters, donuts, and jugs of flash-pasteurized apple cider. Guests can also purchase pies, seasonal cheeses, and apple juice made as Mother Nature intended—without any sweeteners or additives.

1540 Seneca Creek Road
Buffalo,
NY
US

Most popular offering: loganberry wine

Reservations: Optional

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Number of Tables: 1?5

Established: 2012

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: very relaxed atmosphere, tours are best when done in sneakers or flat shoes

Savage Winery's name may be a bit of a misnomer, since everything about the farm winery is, well, sweet. There are the wines for starters: sweet concord, niagara, vidal, and loganberry wines are the specialty here, featured along with seasonal strawberry and blueberry wines. Then, of course, there's the location?Savage Winery is situated on an alpaca farm and is also home to a few other rescue animals, cultivating an environment that is both welcoming and compassionate. Of course, that doesn't mean things don't get a little lively now and again. Owner Rich Byington keeps plenty of activities around to stoke his guests' competitive sides while they sample the vintages, including classic lawn games like cornhole, croquet, and whac-a-weed.

11300 Savage Road
Chaffee,
NY
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